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Toyota Dream Car Art Competition Nov 14, 2017

KS3 classes (up to age 15) There is an opportunity to win three prizes from this school alone, followed by entry into a National heat and an International heat. Could win a trip to Japan.


The brief is to draw and colour your ‘Dream’ car. No digital art or collage, all hand drawn and coloured. You need to consider ‘innovation’, ‘concept’ and ‘modernity’. Think outside the box to give your ‘dream’ car innovative, unique qualities. This is not about being able to draw a car accurately, it is about the ideas and how well you communicate your ideas. The size of your picture is either A4 or A3.


The deadline for your art is Friday January 19th.


If you’re a former student of St Mary’s Catholic High School, we want to hear from you!
Your experiences since leaving could help to motivate and inspire our current students to feel more confident in making decisions about their future. We’d love you to join our alumni network and stay connected with the school.
We’ve partnered with the national education charity Future First, who specialise in helping schools like ours to stay connected with their former students. Future First as an organisation has social mobility as their mission which we feel is hugely positive in terms of reflecting our aims and objectives in launching and developing a successful alumni scheme here at St Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield.

You can choose how and when you help – perhaps you can act as a career and education role model, provide work experience, become a mentor in person or online, or help with donations, fundraising or even apply to become a governor.
It doesn’t matter when you left us, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help.
In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form – we promise it will only take a couple of minutes.

St Mary’s Catholic High School will always strive to be:
• A Community which provides excellent education rooted in the Catholic faith and Christian values.
• A Community of well-disciplined, hardworking individuals where each member is valued and respected
for who they are and what gifts they bring.
• A Community with a keen focus on excellent teaching and learning, which engages and develops
the potential of all within it.
• A Community which is well respected by those around it, near and far, for its high standards,
openness and support of others.

To help us further we are building an alumni community because:
• We want to engage our alumni to act as agents for social justice for our own vulnerable and disadvantaged students
here at St Mary’s in order to promote aspiration at every level.
• We have world class alumni and St Mary’s want to be a world class organisation. We need to harness the  expertise
and guidance of our alumni to help us market our school appropriately to promote our mission of holistic education,
academic attainment and religious formation.
• To tap the knowledge & experience of our alumni to support projects to further develop St Mary’s.
• To develop bespoke work experience opportunities as finding appropriate work experience can be a huge
barrier to social mobility with certain professions off-limits

Thank you – together we will be able to achieve so much more

non-uniform day on Friday 3rd November Oct 23, 2017

Pupil guidelines for Non-Uniform days


  • Please wear opaque tights if you are wearing shorts or a shorter skirt
  • Please choose tops that are appropriate for school so no excess of flesh on show
  • Please do not wear fancy dress
  • Please remember that no hats to be worn inside classrooms or the dining room.
  • Please do not use temporary hair colouring.
  • Please remember for safety reasons do not wear large jewellery items or excessive amounts of jewellery.
  • Light make up may be worn on non-uniform days.

Minimum donations of £1 with all proceeds going to our school Charity- Sheffield Children’s Hospital.


Cheese and Wine Concert Oct 13, 2017

On Friday 17th November 2017 the Music Department and the Friends of St. Mary’s group will be holding their annual Cheese and Wine Fundraising Concert in the Drama Hall. Pupils who take part in Jazz Band, Senior Jazz Ensemble, Lower School Choir, Training Band and String Group will be given letters next week at their rehearsals with more details. This is always a hugely popular event with limited tickets. Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday 30 October for £10 via ParentPay. This ticket includes entry, a platter of cheese, biscuits, fruit & chutney and a dessert. Please note that tickets are limited to two per family and there will be no admittance without a ticket. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Town Tickets Oct 9, 2017

Pupils will now be able to catch the route 4 bus into Chesterfield town centre at the end of the school day. The drop off point is in front of the Poundstretcher Store. Tickets cost £1 and can be purchased from the finance office at break time or on the bus bay at the end of the school day. Please note this service only runs in the afternoons.

Chatsworth Rd. Festival Photographic Competition Oct 3, 2017

The theme of the competition was ‘Our Town’ and there were various entry levels.

I am pleased to announce that Amy Bradley won first prize with her photograph in the under 18’s category and Anna Connelly was runner up in the same category. They are both art students studying GCSE Art in Y11 and Y10.

The mayor of Chesterfield was involved in the judging.

We would also like to advertise the Chesterfield Senior Schools Art Exhibition this weekend at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church on Newbold Road.
At 10.00 on Saturday morning the Mayor will present 6 students with their certificates of entry from each school. We have six A level Art students attending for this. The other entrants in KS3 and KS4 will get their certificates awarded by a senior member of the Chesterfield Rotary Club on Saturday at 3.00.

The show is an excellent demonstration of the creative talent that is abundant in all schools in the Chesterfield area at all key stages.

Microsoft Office 365 – New Installation Instructions for Students Sep 14, 2017

Office 365 – New Installations

Valid Bus Pass Required. Sep 14, 2017

‘Please note that from Monday 18th September all pupils will be required to show a valid bus pass or day pass in order to board a school bus. Please contact Mr Breedon or Mrs Oldfield should you have any queries.’ 




Y7-10 girls Uniforms Sep 13, 2017

“Please be aware that girls will return to school in winter uniform next Monday 18th September, rather than the following week as previously scheduled, due to the current and expected weather conditions.
Thank you

BBC One’s Eat Well For Less – Casting Call Jul 19, 2017

The production team for BBC One’s Eat Well For Less have asked that St Mary’s shares the following information:


Hi there,

I am a producer writing from the hit BBC One prime time series ‘Eat Well For Less?’ which is in currently casting for the fifth series!

My reason for writing is that we are currently on the lookout for fun and lively families who would like to save some money on their weekly shop and eat more healthily. We would love it if the school would be willing to share some information with your staff and parents in case any of them would like to apply? I’ve popped some information about the series below for you.

The show follows Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace & award winning greengrocer Chris Bavin on a mission to prove that it is possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition. They hope that by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food.

Eating healthily and to a budget is something we feel affects most of us and we’d be really grateful if you could help us spread the word about the new series amongst your families at your school and staff by perhaps circulating a flyer or sharing something in a newsletter. I have attached a copy of the flyer to this email and we can also post paper copies out to the school if you would prefer.

If you think you know any families/households that may be interested in appearing on the programme, please do pass on our details.

Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

The Eat Well For Less Team

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